|Phil Thompson wrote to us and said:
I enclose a picture of my uncle Billy Cockrem (33, Chapel Lane) taken at Peckfield Colliery (Micky Pit) about 60 years ago.
Uncle Billy is in the cab, and I've been trying to remember his friend's name for ages. Today, the name of Robson came into my mind, and I decided to ask your society for confirmation/correction.
I've always thought the loco was Airedale No.1, but something I read a while ago suggested it might be Airedale No.2. If it's No.1, it still survives at Embsay Railway Museum!
It's very strange how Barwick references crop up. I'm a volunteer at the Stainmore Railway Company, Kirkby Stephen. Talking to one of the volunteers from Leeds (Moortown I think), it turned out he used to work for Tommy Kirk.
|Reply from Philip Stone:|
| I was looking at your site and saw the old photo of 'Airedale' steam locomotive.
From my own steam research of The Aberford Fly Line and local coal pits I offer you some info I got from Embsay Steam Railway.|
The loco is Airedale. It is the prototype 15 Hunslet Engine and carried Airedale only as its name.
Works number 1440 of 1923 and moved from Acton Hall Colliery to Embsay Railway.